Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Self Exam; curator's statement

Many thanks to artist, educator and curator, Dawn Roe for inviting me to install an iteration of SELF EXAM, my daily portrait project, as part of a thing re | sembling a win•dow. Roe also composed a brilliant catalogue for the exhibit which can be viewed (and printed) here. Excerpts from the curator's statement are below.

"The portrait studies of Ursula Gullow take shape as a similarly vast pile....the many hundreds of representations are heavy in their directness as well as their multitude, confronting the viewer repeatedly in a manner that becomes disorienting – with each singular image inevitably melding into its neighbor, ultimately becoming a massive conglomeration."

"Installed as a flattened pile of color copies, the resulting conglomeration forms a taxonomy of self-image, functioning as both archive and diary. The directness of the bust study in Gullow’s reiterative installation of multiple reproductions allows the figure’s gaze to confront the viewer with an uneasy immediacy – a sense that translates back to the artist’s encounter with themselves in the initial moments of depiction, then further transformed via the original study’s removal from its place within the timeline to a reproduction affixed to the wall."

"Gullow’s head and shoulders compositions correlate to conventional expectations attached to portraiture, while other aesthetic choices function in direct opposition to classical traditions. Gullow is almost defiant in her willingness to allow visual distortions to skew proportions, or for particular mark-making strategies or color palette choices to veer into the carnivalesque."

"...the regimented tracking of time evidenced in Gullow’s Self-Exam reproduces the existential apprehension we face with each waking day, and, as a durational exercise, we understand the project as ongoing and potentially endless – lending a particularly entropic feel to the imagery when seen en masse."  ~Dawn Roe, curator;  a thing re | sembling a win•dow

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

June Exhibitions


June 10 - July 5

London District Studios
8 London Rd. Asheville, NC

Opening reception is Friday, June 10 (6-10pm)

                                                 "Armament" acrylic and mixed media on canvas 30" x 40" 2016
Confetti marks my first solo exhibition in Asheville since 2012 and I'm delighted to have it in Asheville's new creative space, London District Studios located in an up-and coming industrial neighborhood right around the corner from Biltmore Village.
The paintings in this show are abstracts and landscapes that explore the continuum between biological processes and the mechanized modes of production. When making them, I consider how the materiality of paint can contribute to a narrative - such as the foreboding quality of a drip or the puddling of paint on the canvas. Elemental gestures, dribbles and amalgamations are conveyed in synthetic color to suggest corporeal terrains teetering between celebratory and sick.

More information here.


a thing re | sembling a win•dow

May 20 - June 25

Asheville Area Arts Council
Grove Arcade, Asheville, NC

Opening reception is Friday, June 3 (5-8 pm)
Performance and panel discussion Thursday, June 9 (6-7:30pm)

I'm thrilled to present an iteration of my Self Exam project as part of this amazing group art exhibit, curated by Dawn Roe of Window re/production re/presentation. The work I am presenting is a site-specific installation comprised of over 1,000 printed reproductions of self portraits that I've produced since July 2013. (You can see some process shots here.) Other artists' work will include sculptural fabrications, analog photography, screen prints and performance.


Southern Draw

June 10 - July 10

474 Gallery
474 Haywood Road, West Asheville

Artist reception is Friday, July 8 (5-8 pm)

"No Retreat, No Surrender" acrylic on paper 11" x 14" 2016

Southern Draw is a series of exhibitions featuring drawings and works-in-progress by regional artists. My contribution is 15 works on paper interpreting a pool party scene from the 80's B-movie, No Retreat, No Surrender. The drawings illustrate recurring motifs and stereotypes presented in commercial media, and convey the awkward in-between moments of social situations. 
Other Southern Draw artists are: Nora Hartlaub, Hoss Haley and Ron Laboray.


Haen Gallery (ongoing)

52 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC

My impressionistic oil paintings of people in public spaces are on view at Haen Gallery in downtown Asheville and Brevard, NC.

TV Party 36" x 48" oil on canvas, 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

Preparation shots for upcoming show

A thing re | sembling a win • dow  opens at the Asheville Area Arts Council Gallery in the Grove Arcade, May 20 - June 24. Curated by Dawn Roe, the exhibit's theme is about the re-presentation of imagery and ideas. Works will include sculptural fabrications, analog photographic process as material, durational painting studies, screen and digital prints, archived audio works, and performance. A panel discussion is scheduled for Thursday, June 9 at 6:00PM. Opening reception is Friday, June 10 5:00-8:00pm. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

WORKSHOP: The Self Portrait Deconstructed

A painting and mixed media workshop 

All levels welcome

Saturday, June 11th  
11am - 5pm
Bring lunch / light snacks provided
London District Studios
8 London Road, Asheville, NC.
For registration information write to ursulagullow@gmail.com

I can dream myself awake mixed media self portrait on canvas 20" x 20"

Self-portrait painting is so fun! Yet, many people get queasy at the thought of painting their own image. I invite you to embrace your personal history and creative perspective through this workshop which explores a process-oriented approach to self-portraiture.
Students will develop basic drawing and painting skills and construct expressive interpretations of themselves. Working from a mirror, students will amass a large variety of sketches and studies on paper emphasizing basic drawing skills, mark-making and color-mixing. Later, students have the option to cut up the sketches and compile them into new mixed-media compositions. 

From left: Hannah Hoch, Frida Kahlo, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Caterina van Hemessen

This exciting and exploratory workshop is open to artists of all levels. I will have art materials available but students are encouraged to bring their own, plus a mirror. A drawing board or tabletop easel is also recommended.

Required materials list:

* A mirror that can be propped up or that stands on it’s own.
*A variety of papers such as: poster paper, mixed media paper, tracing paper, canvas paper, 
Bristol board, and scrapbooking papers
*Several stiff substrates of any size but no smaller than 8” x 8” eg: Canvases, wood panels,
illustration board, canvas boards
*Heavy Body Acrylic Gel Medium

Other: (Instructor will have supplemental materials available)

Charcoal, ballpoint pen, 2B pencil and eraser
Soft bristle flat brushes – assorted sizes
Chalk pastels, colored pencils, markers
Glitter, decals, tissue paper, wrapping paper, decorative paper
Acrylic paints: heavy body, fluid and/or high flow 
Scissors and/or Exacto knife
Cutting mat
Containers for water, paper towels, paint palette


Contact me at ursulagullow@gmail.com with questions and to register. 

Advance registration is required and class size is limited. 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Androgynous Mind

Freddie & Me, Arnold & Me, Lincoln & Me 11" x 8.5"each; mixed media on paper; 2015 

Perhaps a mind that is purely masculine cannot create, any more than a mind that is purely feminine.”  - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

My interest in self portrait painting has lead me to create a series of composite portraits of my face superimposed with an iconic man's face. I'm proud to report that the three portraits pictured here are currently on display at the Wiseman Gallery at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass, Oregon as part of an exhibit exploring gender identity called, Transgendered Realities, curated by the gallery's director, Heather Green. (March 2 – April 8)

When making these portraits I am interested in the somewhat arbitrary physical attributes of gender such as facial hair, jawline strength and skin texture. These paintings let me flirt with the continuum of masculinity and femininity within myself.

The representations are developed through the painting process and not with a digital program. I sit in front of a mirror and paint my own portrait first. Next, I paint the man's portrait on top of my own. I work back and forth to combine the defining characteristics of our faces and build a new androgynous portrait of myself.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Greenville Art Museum 2016 Biennial

"Cave Painting" 30" x 40" acrylic and mixed media on canvas 2015

"Cave Painting" detail

I'm very pleased to have this painting join a legion of fine artworks for the 2016 Biennial Juried Exhibition at Greenville Art Museum in Greenville, NC. The show runs February 5 - April 24.
Opening reception is February 5th 5:00pm-8:00pm
Juror is Theresa Hammond, founding director and curator of Guilford College Art Gallery in Greensboro, NC.